Microcoelia globulosa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) L. Jonsson 1981

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Carl Withner

FragrancePart shade WarmCoolCULTIVATIONWinter To EARLY Spring

Common Name The Small Sphere Microcoelia

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 mm]

Found from Nigeria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Rwanda, Zaire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in open woodlands and riverine woodlands on twigs and small branches at elevations of 500 to 1950 meters as a medium sized, leafless, monopodial, warm to cool growing epiphyte that is best grown mounted on wood with a very short, leafless stem and grey roots when dry that become greenish when moist and blooms in the fall in nature and winter and early spring in cultivation on 3 to 5, erect to descending, stiff, slightly fractiflex, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with many [15 to 20], upwards facing, honey scented, simultaneously opening flowers occuring .

Synonyms Aeranthes guyoniana (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1865; Angraecum globulosum Hochst. ex A. Rich. 1850; Angraecum guyonianum Rchb. f. 1849; Epidorkis guoyaniana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Gussonea globulosa Ridl. 1885; Microcoelia guyoniana (Rchb. f.) Summerh. 1943; Mystacidium globulosum (Hochst.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Mystacidium radicosum T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Saccolabium radicosum A.Rich. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 10 1968 as M guyoniana photo fide; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo as M guyoniana photo good; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #4 1975 as M guyoniana photo ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as M guyoniana drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979 as M guyoniana photo fide; *A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 as M guyoniana photo good; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo good; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #3 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 photo fide;